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Charge Movement in a Fast Twitch Skeletal Muscle from Rat

By B. J. Simon and K. G. Beam


Voltage-dependent charge movement in the rat omohyoid muscle was investigated using the three microelectrode voltage clamp technique. The charge that moved during a depolarization from the holding potential (-90 mV) to the test potential, V, increased with increasing V, saturating around 0 mV. The charge vs. voltage relationship was well fitted by Q = Qmax/{1 + exp[-(V - V)/k]}, with Qmax = 28.5 nC/μF, V = -34.2 mV, and k = 8.7 mV. Repolarization of the fiber from the test potential back to the holding potential caused an equal but opposite amount of charge to move. The kinetics of ON charge movement could be well described by a model developed for frog muscle by Horowicz and Schneider (1981b), which suggests that rat and frog charge movements are similar. This model failed to describe the kinetics of OFF charge movement for steps in potential from 0 mV to test potentials of -10 to -90 mV. OFF-charge movement rose to a peak more slowly and decayed more slowly than predicted by the theory

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